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  1. Orach 'Scarlet Emperor'

    Orach 'Scarlet Emperor'

    Mountain Spinach
    €1.62

    Orach ‘Scarlet Emperor’ is a heat and cold tolerant green for all seasons. With purple leaves that look great in the garden and on the table. Whether using individual leaves in salad mix, cooked like spinach or as a micro-green, the colour is always spectacular.

  2. The heart-shaped leaves of Orach have a pleasant flavour and the colour is always spectacular.
    €1.98
    Colourful Red Orach used to great effect in ‘edible landscape’ plantings, mingled with flowers, vegetables and herbs. Whether in salad mix, cooked like spinach or as a micro-green, the heart-shaped leaves have a pleasant flavour and the colour is always spectacular. As beautiful as any floral bouquet. Organic Seed
  3. The heart-shaped leaves of Orach have a pleasant flavour and the colour is always spectacular.
    €1.98
    Known as Mountain Spinach, Orach is a heat and cold tolerant green for all seasons. A handsome plant and very suited to growing in the flower garden, the flavour has a nice citrus touch. Use individual leaves in salad mix, cook like spinach or as a micro-green. Organic Seed
  4. Nigella sativa seeds are used as a spice, they develop their flavour best after short toasting

    Nigella sativa 'Black Cumin', Organic

    Black caraway, Fennel flower
    €1.80
    Nigella sativa flowers are very similar to the popular Nigella 'Love in a Mist', they are well suited to the border as well as the herb garden. The seeds have a spicy, nutty flavour, they can be harvested and stored for use throughout the year. Organic Seed.
  5. Nigella sativa 'Black Cumin'

    Nigella sativa 'Black Cumin'

    Black caraway, Fennel flower

    We have all heard of Nigella Lawson, the British cooking show goddess who advocates the importance of a well-stocked pantry. But the seeds had the name first. Nigella sativa have a spicy, nutty flavour with a crunchy texture, they may be used whole or ground, and develop their flavour best after short toasting.

  6. ‘New Zealand Spinach’ is an interesting alternative that has the virtue of not minding hot weather.

    New Zealand Spinach

    Sea Spinach, Warrigal Greens
    Ancient Crop

    Considered a 'summer spinach' because it thrives in hot, dry weather, ‘New Zealand Spinach’ is an interesting alternative. It is drought-tolerant and doesn’t bolt. It can be eaten raw as a simple salad green or can be cooked like any other spinach and will give succulent leaves throughout the season.

  7. Urtica dioica, the Nettle is one of the most useful plants we have.
    €1.62

    The Stinging Nettle is a very valuable plant, used for food and medicine by traditional cultures for hundreds of years. This wild herb is one of the most useful plants we have. Most useful to the organic gardener they can be used to make nitrogen-rich liquid feed for your plants.

  8. Mugwort is botanically related to tarragon, it is employed as an aromatic culinary herb, such as in stuffing for roasted geese.
    €1.98

    Out of stock

    Mugwort has been known since ancient times, with a multitude of medicinal uses. This amazing shrub is closely allied to the Artemisia absinthe and botanically related to tarragon. It has a mellow sage-like aroma. it repels insects and is employed as a natural dye and an aromatic culinary herb.

  9. Minutina, 'Erba Stella'

    Minutina, 'Erba Stella'

    Herba Stella, Bucks Horn
    €1.50

    Minutina, also known as Erba Stella is a unique, cold weather salad green prized in Italy for its mild nutty flavour and crunchy texture. This perennial can be grown all winter in temperate climates. With a mild nutty flavour and crunchy texture it is a great addition to salad mixes or for stir-frying.

  10. Melothria scabra 'Cucamelon'

    Melothria scabra 'Cucamelon'

    Mouse melon, Mexican miniature watermelon.
    (First described in 1866)
    €1.62

    Out of stock

    Is it an exceptionally small cucumber or the world’s cutest watermelon? That is the vexing question. This tiny melon has been creating a buzz. Its unique flavour, with hints of cucumber and lime, its ease of growth, not to mention its productivity, all conspire to recommend this unusual vine to home gardeners looking for something new to add to their menus.

  11. Malabar Spinach, Basella rubra

    Malabar Spinach, Basella rubra

    Chinese spinach, Saan choy, Pui shak
    €1.98

    Commonly called Malabar Spinach, Basella rubra is valued for the brilliant fuchsia-purplish colour of its leaf stems and veins as well as its mild flavour. The leaves are delicious mixed in with other greens in tossed salads. Juicy and crisp, the flavours of citrus and pepper accompany the succulent leaves.

  12. Commonly called Malabar Spinach, Basella alba is a vining type of plant that thrives in hot temperatures.

    Malabar Spinach, Basella alba

    Chinese spinach, Saan choy, Pui shak

    Malabar Spinach, is a vining type of plant that thrives in hot temperatures, it is a discovery that is a boon for those of us that love our greens but find the warm days of summer a bit too hot for good growth. It can be grown throughout the summer and can even cope when the heat exceeds 32°C (90°F).

  13. The liquorice plant is a legume and is native to the Mediterranean.

    Liquorice, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Organic

    European Liquorice or Licorice (U.S.)
    €3.54
    The liquorice plant has a very long history of use both as a medicine and as flavouring. The soft and pliable roots have an aroma strongly reminiscent of anise or fennel. The taste is dominantly sweet, warm and medical. Organic Seed.
  14. The liquorice plant is a legume and is native to the Mediterranean.

    Liquorice, Glycyrrhiza glabra

    European Liquorice or Licorice (U.S.)

    Liquorice has been grown in England since the Dark Ages. The fresh root is bright yellowish brown, soft and pliable, it is harvested in the autumn and is dried for later use. The aroma is strongly reminiscent of anise or fennel. The taste is dominantly sweet, warm and medical.

  15. Perpetual Spinach Leaf Beet is one of the easiest and most productive vegetables for a small space

    Leaf Beet, Perpetual Spinach, Organic

    Spinach Beet, Seakale Beet, Wild Spinach
    Heritage variety (In use in 1790)
    €1.50

    Out of stock

    'Perpetual Spinach is one of the easiest and most productive vegetables for a small space. Extremely resistant to bolting, it responds particularly well to repeat cutting. With just one sowing you can feast on the succulent leaves the entire summer and through to winter.
  16. Perpetual Spinach Leaf Beet is one of the easiest and most productive vegetables for a small space

    Leaf Beet, Perpetual Spinach

    Spinach Beet, Seakale Beet, Wild Spinach
    Heritage variety (In use in 1790)
    €1.38

    Out of stock

    Perpetual Spinach is not spinach, nor is it perpetual, but it does grow reliably for quite a long time in the garden. This old heirloom is, in fact a relative of chard. You rarely see it in the shops because it ideally needs to be picked soon before eating. The steamed stalks taste something like mild asparagus.
  17. Also called True Lavender or Fine Lavender. The fragrant flowers have been used in perfumes, poultices and potpourris for centuries.

    Lavandula angustifolia 'Lavender Vera'

    True English Lavender, Old English Lavender

    Starting at: €1.74

    Lavendula angustifolia is an excellent plant for low informal hedging and as a specimen evergreen for borders and formal gardens. Flowering generally begins from mid to late June to early July. The flowers have a rich sweet scent and are highly attractive to bees and other beneficial insects.

  18. Isatis tinctoria 'Woad'

    Isatis tinctoria 'Woad'

    Dyers Woad
    Wildflower of the British Isles
    €2.10

    Out of stock

    Woad has been grown for its indigo-blue pigment and for its medicinal properties since the 13th century, recently capturing popular imagination as the blue dye for body paint used by the Celts. This fashionable plant has a fresh wildflower appearance that can brighten any garden.

  19. Hyssop is an aromatic herb similar to rosemary or lavender which is enjoying a revival with home gardeners.

    Hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis, Blue Hyssop

    Blue Hyssop
    Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
    €1.74

    Hyssop is a strong-flavoured aromatic herb which is enjoying a revival with home gardeners. An ideal plant for use in containers or as a low hedge or border within the herb garden. Highly attractive to bees, it makes excellent honey and is a must for any wildflower garden.

  20. It is widely used as a 'taste enhancing' herb in cooking and in teas.
    €2.22

    Hyssop, once recognised as a medicinal herb is enjoying a revival with home gardeners. An aromatic herb similar to rosemary or lavender, it makes an excellent low hedge and more unusual alternative to box. The plants are a dark, vibrant green with a spiky, upright habit and narrow tongue-like leaves. 'Pink' Hyssop sports vibrant, pink flowers.

  21. Hyssop is an aromatic herb similar to rosemary or lavender which is enjoying a revival with home gardeners.
    €1.98

    Hyssopus officinalis 'Alba' is a much less well known variety of hyssop. Also known as 'White Hyssop' the plants sport bright white flowers from July to October. Widely used as a 'taste enhancing' herb or wildlife plant, the plants are a dark, vibrant green with a spiky, upright habit and narrow tongue-like leaves which have a peppery scent when stroked.

  22. Hyssop is an aromatic herb similar to rosemary or lavender which is enjoying a revival with home gardeners.

    Hyssop, Blue Hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis, Organic

    Blue Hyssop
    Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
    €2.10
    Hyssop famously attracts bees, hover-flies and butterflies. It makes excellent honey and is a must for any wildflower garden. Some beekeepers rub the hive with it to encourage the bees to keep to their home. In cooking, use the same way you would Rosemary. Organic Seed.
  23. Good King Henry has been used as a vegetable for centuries and was once a common sight in every garden.

    Good King Henry, Organic

    Chenopodium bonus-henricus (An Ancient Crop)
    Poor-man's Asparagus, Lincolnshire Spinach.
    €2.16

    Out of stock

    Good King Henry has been used as a vegetable for centuries and was once a common sight in every garden. Good King Henry may have lost his court and become something of a rarity today, but this unique herb has much to offer to the home or cottage gardener. Organic Seed.
  24. Good King Henry

    Good King Henry

    Chenopodium bonus-henricus (An Ancient Crop)
    Poor-man's Asparagus, Lincolnshire Spinach.
    €1.50

    Good King Henry has been used as a vegetable for centuries and was once a common sight in every garden. Good King Henry may have lost his court and become something of a rarity today, but this unique herb has much to offer to the home or cottage gardener.

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